Genealogies and national archives are an important part of any nation’s history and it is possible that Ezra may have been the one who took the time to record name upon name for the official records of the nation of Israel. Tucked in a list of names of those from the tribe of Judah is a request of blessing made to God by an individual. Jabez called out to the God of Israel: “If only You would bless me, extend my border, let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm, so that I will not cause any pain.” And God granted his request.
That’s about all we know about Jabez, a man who God’s Story says was more honorable than his brothers. Are we bold to call out to God in prayer like Jabez did? God, I pray that Your hand of protection would be on us and that we would not cause others pain as we go through our days. But because we live in a fallen world, we will not always be free from giving or receiving pain. We need to focus on You no matter what the situation holds. This life is a training ground for how we relate to You. Bless us Lord, yes, bless us and may we live faithfully in the realm of influence that You give to us. Amen.